"This is what would happen if Tarkovsky made an anime."Angel's Egg
(Tenshi No Tamago
in Japanese) is a surreal 1985 animated film which was directed by Mamoru Oshii
and featured art designs by Yoshitaka Amano
. The film centers around a young girl protecting an egg in an abandoned gothic city who meets a mysterious man with a cross-shaped
rifle. The rest is... a bit harder to describe
, but it's extremely beautiful nonetheless
This film contains examples of:
- As the Good Book Says
- Beautiful Void
- Crapsack World: While it's not clear on whatever's going on, it's clear that the world isn't an inviting place to live.
- Creepy Cool Crosses
- Dark-Skinned Blond: The man.
- Egg McGuffin: It's empty... or is it?
- Faceless Eye
- Flying Seafood Special: Giant flying coelacanth shadows, to be exact.
- Gainax Ending
- Ghost City
- Have You Seen My God?: The real theme of this movie.
- Importation Expansion: When it was brought to the US, 45 minutes of live action footage was added in an attempt to release it as a post-apocalyptic thriller. This version, called In The Aftermath: Angels Never Sleep has since been almost completely forgotten.
- Leave the Camera Running
- Mind Screw: When even the goddamn creator throws up his hands and admits he has no idea what the film is supposed to say, you know you're in bizarro-land.
- Minimalism: It has only two characters, neither of which have names, and less than a page of dialogue, most of which is contained in a single scene. The anime focuses more on the girl's devotion to her egg than anything else.
- Minimalist Cast: The only people we ever see is the little girl with the egg and the young warrior with the cross-shaped riffle. Apart from them and couple of ghostly fishermen who can't really be considered characters, the highly-detailed world the two live in is completely deserted.
- No Name Given
- Our Angels Are Different: Apparently, they lay eggs. Or destroy them, or something.
- Rapunzel Hair: The girl.
- The Reveal: At the end of the movie, the camera pulls out slowly to show that the city is built on the capsized hull of Noah's Ark.
- Rule of Symbolism
- Scenery Porn: This is Yoshitaka Amano's and Mamoru Oshii's visual poem. With only about five minutes of dialog in its seventy minute run time the absolutely gorgeous visuals carry the film's elegant, surreal and poignant "narrative".
- Silence Is Golden: There's less than a page of dialogue, and most of it is in one scene. The second line of dialogue is said a full 24 minutes into a 71 minute film
- Taken for Granite
- World of Symbolism